Jan. 9 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Jan. 9: 

1.-- U.S. stock futures were trading slightly lower Thursday, following Asian shares to the downside on worries the Federal Reserve will move more quickly than expected to wind down stimulus for the U.S. economy.

European shares were flat early Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index declined 1.5%.

2.-- The economic calendar in the U.S. Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EST.

3.-- U.S. stocks on Wednesday stumbled as minutes of the most recent Fed meeting revealed vigorous debate before policymakers decided to cut stimulus, adding to speculation that the central bank will continue to reduce the bond-buying that has helped to underwrite equities for the past 18 months.

The S&P 500 closed little changed at 1,837.49, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.41% to finish at 16,462.74. The Nasdaq added 0.3% to 4,165.61.

4.-- Dish Network (DISH) is officially pulling its bid for LightSquared, the bankrupt telecommunications company, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Dish had coveted LightSquared's wireless spectrum.

Dish, the satellite TV provider, offered $2.2 billion for LightSquared last year. Dish is expected to announce the termination of the offer as early as Thursday.

5.-- Executives from Apple (AAPL) and Samsung agreed to meet to discuss settling a bitter two-year legal battle over designs and technologies of smartphones and tablets.

A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week that the CEOs will meet by or before Feb. 19, The Associated Press reported.

The agreement was made in response to a court order to submit a proposal for settlement discussions before a new trial begins in March. The March trial involves more recent mobile devices than previous cases.

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